With the help of Valor Research Director Marsha Peterson Maass, we have enlisted some amazing researchers in the Illinois area who are dedicated to our cases and truly care about returning Valor. These members represent two terrific groups, The Chicago Genealogical Society and Genealogy Interest Group of the St. Andrew Society of Illinois.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering to assist Purple Hearts Reunited carry out our mission, returning lost, stolen, or misplaced military medals of valor to veterans or their families, in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation.

Purple Hearts Reunited is led by our headquarters based in Vermont and supported by three specialty divisions —Valor Research, Valor Rescue, Valor Guard. These teams are led by dedicated volunteers from across the country and primarily consist of Veterans, wounded Veterans and Military families. As a team, we work together fulfill our mission and return Valor across the country.

Our Valor Guard, is comprised of former Men and Women, both current and active duty military veterans. Their years of dedicated service span across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Dedicated to preserving our nation’s freedom, they also understand the importance of honoring our heroes and finding homes of honor for their lost or stolen medals.This program is an integral part of our mission and has transformational affects on the Veterans involved.

Our Valor Research Team, is comprised of volunteer researcher’s across the country. Each of these researchers has a wide range of experience, from amateur to certified genealogist. This is our largest department and at the moment we have hundreds of volunteers.

Our Valor Rescue Team, is comprised of volunteers who actively seek out wayward Purple Heart medals at auctions, flea markets, pawn shops, antique stores, and online so that the foundation has the opportunity to rescue them.

Our vision is to return every medal we receive or rescue within the same calendar year by expanding our Valor Teams and strengthening our financial sustainability. We hope to unite volunteers in every state to support our research and assist with fundraising campaigns across the country.

As we continue to grow as an organization, it becomes important for us to grow our Valor Teams and volunteer base. With your help we will continue to add to our database of available volunteers.

If you’re interested in the Valor Guard, based on your geographical location, as returns present themselves in your area, we will reach out to invite you to participate. This will give you the opportunity to meet a current Valor Guard member and have a chance to witness a ceremony to better prepare yourselves for solo missions.

If you’re interested in Valor Research, we will add your name to our volunteer research list. Similar to the Valor Guard, we will reach out to you if we receive a medal from your area. Having someone local can be very helpful when accessing town and city records.

If you’re interested in Valor Rescue, please simply reach out to us if you locate a medal. Before purchasing it, we recommend checking with us to see if it’s worth the offered value. At that point, we can then discuss options on how to rescue it. Please send emails directly to [email protected].

If you’re interested in fundraising opportunities, please reach out to our Executive Director, Ms. Sarah Corry at 802-734-7715 or [email protected].

If you have general inquiries or have ideas on how we can expand our foundation, please reach out to our Operations Director, Ms. Jessica Jaggars at 802-349-9667 or [email protected].

For speaking engagements, please email [email protected]

We look forward to possibly working with you in the future!

Warmest regards,

The PHR Team